More Computers And Internet Connections Needed In Africa

It is 2012 and in the history of the world, there has never been a better time for someone who wants to take their destiny into their own hands. That includes the continent of Africa.

With the explosion of technology, especially the Internet, it is easier than ever for people to communicate with others and to do things that never before were possible. Have you noticed that more and more African bloggers are coming online and trying to learn how to make money from home? Take a look at this one who has created quite a stir in the blogging world with his many quality guest posts. And if you take a look at this blog you will see that it is really possible to make a lot online.

There are lots of ways to make money online and Africans need more opportunities as they live in one of the poorest parts of the world. The Internet can be nothing but good for them as it provides a way to enter into communication and even do business with other parts of the globe.

For instance, it used to be that writing a book and getting it published was something out of reach for most people. Only the best writers and the ones with contacts could write a manuscript and convince a publishing company to print it.

But now things have changed and anybody from any economic background and any walk of life can get their own book published and sold online. Indie books on Amazon number in the tens of thousands and will soon be in the millions and higher as regular people take advantage of this new opportunity have their words read and bought. It is a wonderful money making opportunity with almost zero financial risk for the budding writer.

On the Internet, anyone with a good idea can make money no matter where you live. If you have a talent or a skill, chances are that you can benefit in some way by developing a business or a presence online. And now that Internet access has become so cheap, it is available to more and more people. Artists can show their works and make sales online, musicians can upload their works and get exposure which can lead to opportunities, and anyone who wants to sell anything at all can open their “store” in the form of a website for a very small investment.

It is great to be living during this time when almost anyone can make a success of themselves with hard work and a little talent. For Africans though, they need to see the rapid ramping up of their technology infrastructure so that more of them can get online. Hopefully this is just the beginning and more and more people will be able to find a voice online and an outlet for their God given talents.

Promising Economy News

AICC Africa, an organization devoted to the development and forward movement of the African economy and business culture, recently reported on some key developments in Africa’s economic scene.This growth looks encouraging, particularly in the Angola and Equatorial Guinea regions. Further, despite ongoing concern for the Ethiopian economy, they have been showing strong figures based on this latest report.

…The African Economic Growth report for 2010 revealed impressive growth in Angola (12.9%), Equatorial Guinea (12.9%), Chad (8.5%), Nigeria (9.1), Sierra Leone (8.7%) and Ethiopia (8.6%), and a national average of 4% overall.These positive changes open up new possibilities for Africans in terms of overseas trade and employment prospects… opportunities for businesspeople and qualified individuals can still be found in several key growth areas, particularly in the natural resources (gas and oil), agriculture, healthcare and telecommunications  sectors.- AICC Africa (aiccafrica.org)

The opportunities brought out in this report should give both African and international businesspeople a keen sense of the strong growth yet to be made in this country. Natural resources in particular generally mean great wealth for other nations- it is ludicrous that this resource should go untapped due to mismanagement and economic apathy. We urge that further development and investment be made an immediate priority.

Telecommunication – The Growing Technology In Africa

Technology is the utilization of information technology tools to perform tasks. It can be anything from telecommunication to business intelligence software. Tools such the smartphones, computers and even the televisions are all results of technology and years of study. Technology has been around for a long time now. The recent technological advancements though have impacted very much in every arena of life. Technology had become intriguing since it comes out in the world market. The advancement of technology becomes very useful and great as it doesn’t only shows an advancement of the economy but also it will give a name on your country if you acquired it. Many countries these days are acquiring and embracing technologies and inject it for their businesses and even at homes. The use of gadgets for entertainment even works turn it to be simple and at ease. Many large companies in africa are starting to see the value of technology software too instead of just focusing on the hardware. Things like decision support systems and business intelligence software are getting more and more popular for the many high tech companies. The growth of telecommunications being recorded in the industry of Africa and Egypt. Within the short period mobile communication started ins tremendous. Many people acquire and buy mobile with each purpose. It will be used for personal purposes like communication for their friends or for business purpose. Egyptian telecommunication becomes the largest and the fastest growing technology in Africa and can compete globally when it comes to growth rate. Especially the use of business intelligence software has improved the effect of telecommunication quite a bit. FM Tech recently made a study on the use of business intelligence software with tele software and how it could be used to boost the signals and lower costs with almost 200%. You can read more about the BI report here at Business Intelligence Software.

The need for corresponding growth in mobile technology is a rapid growth in the sector that has been established. Even though technology is not the key to drive your business into success but this can be an extreme help for a business to achieve success. Whether the technology now is sufficient, there is still every need for us to advance and improve. The introduction of technology really have a big impact on every people in Africa. It helps on the development of the country as well as making the work of people be at ease and advance. Telecommunication in Africa then has been impacted by technology a great deal especially with the introduction of business intelligence software. It has been impacted in every part of the country. To know about telecommunication, it uses technology. Technology is the one that gave birth to telecommunication. Technology therefore has made this possible. This is by technological advancements that have made telecommunication possible.

Another advantage of technology is that it has marketed in many countries as a great advantage for telecommunication. It has been marketed throughout the world especially through online marketing. Online marketing has been essential in familiarizing this kind of service. This has led to many people understating the service better. Terms and conditions of the service and business intelligence software have been known better hence making telecommunication better. Technology though has been challenging to this kind of business. This is in terms of the dynamism nature of technology. Technology is dynamic and because of this, it threatens the stabilization of telecommunication. This is because there is a possibility of constant change in the telecommunication process, technological support and even the technological skills.

Technology is limited to the people that do not have access to technological tools. In addition, the people that do not have skills may not be able to know this. One therefore has to learn these skills for him or her to be able to operate technological tools. Without proper training, one will not be able to operate the technological tools hence being locked out of the world of technology. The most disadvantaged lot though may be the conservative generation.

Improved Utilization of Local Consultants For Regional Research

Globalization in general and regional integration in particular raises the need for regional economic policy analysis. Countries in the region have well-established policy research institutions that contribute substantially to national policy making.

However, when it comes to regional issues potential clients often continue to use foreign consultants instead of local consultants because of various reasons. The capacity of local consultants to conduct larger regional studies is often limited and regional networks to build on and to link up with were missing. Regional co-operation between research institutions was of a sporadic nature rather than formalized.

Realizing this, six institutions from Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia founded the Southern and Eastern Africa Policy Research Network (SEAPREN) in November 1999, which was officially launched in 2000.

In addition, the network was joined in November 2001 by a Kenyan institution. The main objective was to enhance capacity for shaping policy via analysis in these regions through and among others by exchanging best practices, building on those best practices and optimizing the prioritized employment of local experts that often find their skills underutilized and sometimes finding themselves surviving without employment, while at the same time more adept for the local research in demand.

Eventually, this should strengthen the use of regional research and consultancy capacities for region-wide policy analysis.

The active promotion of the network on international, regional and national levels will increase the demand for local research resources. Instead of looking for and contacting various local institutions in the region potential clients will benefit from the existence of a network secretariat that provides information, arranges contacts and co-ordinates regional research activities.

Finally, the network will benefit regional policy analysis since researchers with in-depth knowledge of the local and regional situation are available and potentially more utilized.  This is of course made simpler by using the internet, which enables researchers to access information irrespective of their current location.   For example although many websites and sources of information can be accessed online they may be restricted to people in specific locations.  However by using proxies and VPNs researchers can bypass these blocks much like this web page explains – how to watch BBC iPlayer Ireland.  This technique allows anyone to switch their ‘virtual location’ by changing their IP address by routing through a proxy server.

Further Reading:

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Human Rights

Many African countries have become notorious over the past few decades for their alleged violations of human rights. Among the best known recent instances are the genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda, the suppression of political opposition in Nigeria, and the practices of the Zairean government of President Mobutu.

Not too long ago, South Africa’s apartheid government was the continent’s best known perpetrator of human rights violations, systematically denying rights and freedoms to the country’s black majority. In the 1970s, Idi Amin’s regime in Uganda provided vivid examples of brutal human rights abuses, behavior common to a sociopath in developed countries.

But human rights violations in Africa are by no means unique to the post colonial era. Undoubtedly the worst violation of human rights in the continent’s history was slavery, the forced removal of millions of Africans from their homes and into forced labor in the New World.

Shortly after slavery ended, colonialism began for much of the continent. This period brought with it new kinds of human rights abuses, including the denial of political rights to Africans, forced labor in some areas, and the displacement of people from their traditional lands.

As colonialism ended in Africa, new governments took control. Several quickly became the object of criticism by outsiders and some of their own citizens of rights violations, while others established records of respect of the rights and dignity of their citizens.

But most countries in Africa, as elsewhere, established mixed records on the subject of human rights, in part because the definition of human rights, and therefore of violations of those rights, is complex and subject to numerous different interpretations.

 

What are Human Rights?

The definition of what consti_readings human rights is almost always controversial. Many people regard the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) adopted by the United Nations in 1948, as a statement of international consensus on the issue.

But even the UDHR is subject to many interpretations and criticisms. Since it was adopted in 1948, during a time when most African countries were still colonies, Africans had little say in its content or wording. Should they therefore be bound by its provisions?

One of the clauses in the UDHR holds that “everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.” Does this mean that abortion and the death penalty are both human rights violations?

And what about practices which are part of the long-standing traditions of some peoples, but violate the sensibilities of others? An example of this is the practice called female circumcision by its adherents, and female genital mutilation by its opponents. Common in several Sahelian countries, it has been at the center of considerable controversy in recent years.

Disease and Health in Africa

Africa faces some very serious health problems. Africans on average face lower life expectancies, higher infant mortality rates, and a greater risk of disease than people in most other parts of the world.

Many people in Africa suffer from preventable diseases which are rare or easily treated in the industrialized countries: diseases like cholera, diarrheal diseases, high cholesterol, malaria. Particularly hard hit by some of these diseases are Africa’s children, many of whom die before reaching 5 years of age.

HIV infection is a large and rapidly growing problem in sub-Saharan Africa (see the following page for more on this disease). According to the World Health Organization, nearly two thirds of all cases of HIV infection worldwide are in Africa.

Even as Africans struggle against existing diseases, new threats continue to emerge. Among the most troublesome of these are the hemorrhagic fevers, of which Ebola is the best known. Although they are the cause of very few infections at present, an outbreak of one of these highly infectious diseases could be disastrous.

 

The Causes of Africa’s Health Problems

There are, of course, numerous causes for the thousands of health problems which afflict people in different parts of Africa. But at the root of most disease is one simple cause: poverty.

The 1998 WHO World Health Report sums this up clearly:

Poverty is the main reason why babies are not vaccinated, why clean water and sanitation are not provided, why curative drugs and other treatments are unavailable, and why mothers die in childbirth. It is the underlying cause of reduced life expectancy, handicap, disability, and starvation. Poverty is a major contributor to mental illness, stress, suicide, family disintegration and substance abuse. Every year in the developing world 12.2 million children under five years die, most of them from causes which could be prevented for just a few US cents per child. They die largely because of world indifference, but most of all they die because they are poor.

Among the most important consequences of poverty in Africa are:

Contaminated water. Probably the single greatest cause of infectious disease in much of Africa is contaminated water. Cholera is often spread through the water supply, as are many of the diarrheal diseases which are particularly deadly to young children.

Poor nutrition. People who are inadequately nourished are at a much greater risk from disease than those who are properly fed.

Inadequate Health Care. Most Africans do not have easy or affordable access to health care. Without adequate care, diseases which might readily be cured go untreated, frequently resulting in death.

Poor Health Care Education. People are most easily infected when they are unaware of the practices which put them at risk. One of the clearest examples of this worldwide has been in the spread of HIV infection.